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Patients with mild cases of COVID-19 may shed virus for up to eight days after symptoms resolve

Half of people with mild symptoms of COVID-19 remained “viral positive” after their condition resolved, a study from a Beijing hospital has shown.

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Bridging interventions best for hospital discharge of older adultsSubscription

Interventions supporting medicines continuity in older people are most successful in preventing hospital readmission when they bridge the gap between hospital discharge and returning home.

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More lifestyle support needed for patients starting medicines for cardiovascular disease, study concludesSubscription

People who initiate statins or antihypertensive medicines are more likely to become obese or physically inactive compared with people who do not, a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests. 

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Case-finding intervention helps GPs identify and treat patients with hepatitis CSubscription

An intervention designed to help GP practices identify and refer patients for hepatitis C testing and treatment is both effective and cost-effective, research published in the BMJ has found.

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Lower-GI bleeding should be investigated in anticoagulated patients, researchers saySubscription

Lower gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation who are being treated with oral anticoagulants is associated with a higher risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.

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Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy may impair child’s cognitive outcomesSubscription

Children born to mothers who drink alcohol during their pregnancy are more likely to have impaired cognitive abilities, such as reduced academic performance, later in life, according to the findings of a systematic review in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Apixaban safer than warfarin for patients regardless of stroke history Subscription

Apixaban is associated with less major bleeding, death and hospitalisation than warfarin, regardless of a patient’s stroke history, a secondary analysis of the AUGUSTUS trial has indicated.

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Trial confirms antiepileptic effects of fenfluramine in children with Dravet syndromeSubscription

Children with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that is resistant to treatment, experience fewer seizures when treated with fenfluramine, a phase III trial published in The Lancet has confirmed.

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‘No evidence’ that daily emollient use prevents eczema in high-risk newborns Subscription

Applying daily emollient during the first year of life does not seem to prevent eczema in high-risk children and could increase the risk of skin infections, a study published in The Lancet has suggested.

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Statins could be linked to reduced risk of ovarian cancer, researchers findSubscription

Women who take statins long-term, including those carrying the BRCA1/2 gene mutation, could be less likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who do not, research published in JAMA has suggested.

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Pharmacy support needed early on in hospital stay for medication-related problemsSubscription

Patients in hospital need pharmacy input early on in their stay for medication-related problems, a study in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice has found.

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Little evidence to inform pharmacological paediatric migraine prevention, review findsSubscription

There is limited evidence available to support the efficacy of prophylactic pharmacological treatments in the prevention of paediatric migraines, a systematic review has concluded.

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Pharmacists may need more comprehensive training in discussing opioid risks with patients, interviews revealSubscription

Pharmacists need better guidelines, training and interventions to inform patients about the potential risks of opioid medicines, the authors of a study published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy have concluded.

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Weight may affect routine blood test results in children, researchers saySubscription

A child’s weight may influence the results of many routine blood tests, research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has suggested

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Step counting can help predict outcomes for patients undergoing lung cancer treatment Subscription

Measuring patients’ step counts before they receive lung cancer treatment could help predict outcomes, research published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics has suggested.

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